I’m positive about keeping positive

From positivethoughts.com.

You are what you think. I always find it interesting that some teachers think all of their students are terrible and I get the same class and am in love with the beauty and individuality of each one.

Our thought process so much drives the teaching process. Teachers in love with teaching often spawn students in love with learning.

Of course, we all have our problems and struggles and things that are just awful (paperwork, ridiculous requirements, etc.) however, that is life. Get over it and remember that your attitude is your attitude.

No one can ruin your day unless you let them.

I'm in the mountains this week and blogged WAY ahead to keep the blog posts coming (thank you blogger for this handy new tool) and am so ready to get away and just think and be still. I may be a little slow on posting the comments, but I'll be back renewed and rejuvenated.. and more positive.

My own positive attitude slips sometimes because life and school and work and a messy house can be so frustrating!

Looking forward to time tubing, rafting, riding horses, playing tennis, fishing, and hanging out with 18 members of my immediate family! (That is insane isn't it.)

My family gives me so much of my strength. It is worth the struggle it takes to get there.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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loonyhiker June 8, 2008 - 8:14 pm

Great post! I also like the blogger scheduler! I hope you are having fun doing all that fun stuff with your family!

Skip Zalneraitis June 8, 2008 - 8:21 pm

I am positive about keeping positive, too. Thanks for the reminder.

Jenny Clark June 10, 2008 - 3:53 am

I think this was very well said. I blogged about a similar topic,
see my post here, but I wasn’t able to frame it in the positive way that you do. I never quite know how to respond to people in education who have a consistently bad attitude. Perhaps the answer is to not respond and contribute. It just seems like a vortex that sucks you in though!

Once again, I’d like to commend you on your blog. I’m constantly starring you posts! Thanks!

Susanna June 11, 2008 - 9:28 pm

Thanks for this & your blog

derbacher June 17, 2008 - 3:25 pm

Excellent thoughts. I too often find my colleagues complaining about their classes, so much so that I stay out of the teacher’s lounge!

When we have discussions of students, I invariably find myself trying to direct the conversation to the positive aspects of the student in question, and ask them how they can change their approach to reach that student. Too many times they just walk away, but the impression is “why should I change?”.

You should change so you reach your students. Nothing else needs to be said.

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